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May 15, 2017

Global Governance
U.S. President Donald Trump leads a rally marking his first 100 days in office in Harrisburg. Facebook Live: 2016-2017 Council of Councils Report Card on International Cooperation

After the launch of the third Council of Councils (CoC) Report Card on International Cooperation, I sat down with my friend and fellow CoC member Rohinton P. Medhora, president of the Centre for Inte…

Apr 10, 2017

EWI Summit Takeaways From the EWI Cyberspace Cooperation Summit

Bruce McConnell is the Global Vice President of the EastWest Institute. He leads the organization's Cooperation in Cyberspace Initiative.  On March 14-16, the EastWest Institute (EWI), in partnershi…

May 4, 2017

South Africa
Tutuka power station in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The End of South African Electricity Load Shedding and the Prospects of a Nuclear Deal

A cause of South African malaise since 2010 and beyond has been the shortage of electricity. This shortage transcended more than just social divisions (rich and poor, influential and powerless), it a…

May 2, 2017

CoC Report Card International Cooperation in 2016 Deserves a Low Grade, Say Global Think Tank Leaders

The third annual Report Card on International Cooperation sharply downgraded its assessment of efforts to mitigate the world’s most vexing problems in 2016 to a C-, falling from a B grade in 2015. …

May 23, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Robert Mugabe on a panel at the World Economic Forum. Health Watch: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

South African media is reporting that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 93, has “worsening health problems.” Apparently, his wife Grace “is in a quandary: she has to deal with Mugabe’s health challen…

May 18, 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari at the Nnamdi Azikwe international airport before his departure for London. Rumors of President Buhari’s Death Abound

In Nigeria, rumors have begun to spread that President Muhammadu Buhari has died. These appear to be false, despite that the president has appeared ill for months. After spending an extended medical …

May 18, 2017

South Africa
Dlamini-Zuma at a meeting of the African National Congress. Dlamini-Zuma at Top of the ANC Table

On May 14, South African president and African National Congress (ANC) party leader Jacob Zuma endorsed his ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, for party leadership. The ANC party elections will be held…

May 15, 2017

A pipeline near Lagos that was blown up by militants. Nigeria Continues to Buy Off Delta Militants

The Nigerian presidency has announced that it is releasing an additional N30 billion (about $98.47 million) with the promise of a subsequent N5 billion to ex-Niger Delta militants. The Nigerian gover…

Apr 5, 2017

South Africa
South Africa’s Cabinet Reshuffle Reflects Leadership Crisis

President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle has exposed growing fissures within the ruling African National Congress, writes CFR’s John Campbell.

Mar 31, 2017

South Africa
Zuma Cabinet Reshuffle Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet Reshuffle Bad News for South Africa

As part of a wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle, President Jacob Zuma has fired highly respected Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, along with other long-time stalwarts of the…